History

An advanced degree in history helps to clarify the mysteries of past events. 

The Brooklyn College History Department will provide you with the tools, guidelines and resources that will turn you into a professional historian — a title that can gain you entrée into a wide variety of fields. Our faculty members will provide you with opportunities to gain a full, all-encompassing and current understanding of the social, political, cultural and economic trends and events that made up the historical setting for our modern world. You will learn to recognize large problems, scan critical evidence, organize your information with clarity, and write a fully developed storyline of humanity’s past with verve and gusto. All of this will position you with an in-depth comprehension of the state of the world today and with the knowledge of how to fix it.

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Quick Facts

  • The Greek word historia, meaning “inquiry, knowledge by investigation,” is the basis for our word history.
  • Herodotus, a 5th-century BC Greek historian, is widely considered to be the “father of history.”
  • Our latest Rhodes Scholar, Zujaja Tauqeer ’11, majored in history.

Possible Careers

  • Author specializing in an important era of American history
  • Conservator in charge of rebuilding and preserving historic structures and neighborhoods
  • Journalist reporting on events in global hot spots